Guided Tours

Central High School Foyer
Foyer to Central High School

National Park Service/Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

Reservations for Weekday Guided Tours

Guided tours with access to Little Rock Central High School (LRCHS) are only offered on select weekdays at 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM CST/CDT; no guided tours are available on federal holidays or during LRCHS spring and winter breaks. See below for full list of unavailable weekdays in the 2019-20 school year.


Guided tours are only at these two above times, are by confirmed reservation only, and must be reserved at mimimum twenty-four hours in advance. For the best possible availability, we recommend calling to request reservations at minimum 1 month in advance as there is no guarantee of tour availability without a confirmed reservation. Tours have a set limit of participants as Little Rock Central High School is still a functioning high school with over 2,000 students. Only tour attendees with a ranger can enter the high school; please do not enter the school on your own.

Tours start at the Visitor Center located at 2120 W Daisy L Gatson Bates Drive; the Visitor Center offers free parking and can accomodate cars, buses and RVs.


The route of the tour is dependent on school activities on each weekday. The typical route may involve ascending two flights of stairs to enter the school's main entrance, a walk into the auditorium of the high school, and a possible walk down two flights of stairs into the cafeteria. An ADA accessible entrance is available and an elevator can be taken between floors. If acessibility accomodations are needed, please let the park know when reserving yout visit.

Unavailable Days/Dates For Weekday Tours in 2019-20 school calendar
  • Thursday July 4, 2019
  • Monday, August 12 - Friday, August 16, 2019
  • Monday, September 2, 2019
  • Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Thursday, October 31 - Friday, November 1, 2019
  • Monday, November 25 - Friday, November 29, 2019
  • Monday, December 23, 2019 - Monday, January 6, 2020
  • Monday, January 20, 2020
  • Friday, February 21, 2020
  • Monday, February 24, 2020
  • Monday, March 23 - Friday, March 27, 2020
  • Monday, May 25 - Friday, May 29, 2020


Reservations for Weekend Guided Tours

Guided streetscape tours are only offered on select weekends at 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM CST/CDT. On weekend streetscape tours, there is no access to Little Rock Central High School (LRCHS). A streetscape is a guided, walking interpretive tour from the visitor center to Little Rock Central High School that will share the story of the Little Rock Nine, desegregation, education and civil rights without access into Little Rock Central High School.


Guided streetscape tours are only at these two above times, are by confirmed reservation only, and must be reserved at least twenty-four hours in advance. For the best possible availability, we recommend calling to request reservations at minimum 1 month in advance as there is no guarantee of tour availability without a confirmed reservation. Tours have a set limit of participants.

Tours start at the Visitor Center located at 2120 W Daisy L Gatson Bates Drive; the Visitor Center offers free parking and can accomodate cars, buses and RVs.

Steps to reserve either tour:


Call (501) 374-1957
When reserving a tour, please be prepared with the following information or leave this in your message:
*Name for individual or name for the group
*Number of people
*Contact phone number (preferably a cell phone you wil lhave on the day of the tour)
*Email address (for confirmation)
*Any special needs or ADA accessibility needs

We will reserve and confirm the date, time, number and other details with you either with a verbal or emailed confirmation.

Last updated: July 4, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

National Park Service
2120 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive

Little Rock, AR 72202

Phone:

501.374.1957

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